Box in a Box

Hello Everybody,

first of all: Thanks for all your lovely comments!!!

Next week I am meeting up with a friend for some crafting and today was planning day. I thought I’d do something a bit unusual and took some inspiration from The Ultimate Pro DVD (Crafter’s Companion) to craft a Box in a Box. Given that I was just that bit too late for entering my ‘Stash Raider Boxes’ into last week’s challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’, I designed the whole project in ‘Black & White plus silver’ … and now I am able and in plenty of time to enter this week’s challenge 🙂 … which is ‘Black & White plus one colour’.

As you can see I have gone for a Christmas Theme with embossed mirri card and glitzy embossing powder. I was quite surprised as to how well the mirri card embossed, it has a kind of foil look about it which I like. Again I have been raiding stash as most of the materials and tools I used have been sitting in my cupboards for at least a couple of years. I am really enjoying looking through my bits and appreciating what I got.

Of course there is also another twist to it, I am also sorting some things out to go on eBay, some bits are already on … fingers crossed ….

… now back to the box. I am sure you want to know what it is like on the inside .. here we go

I think this box definitely has the ‘wow factor’ and I shall be making more of them. …and because I enjoyed crafting today how better to end than by making a matching card

This time I embossed some black core-dination card rather than the mirri card.

Here is what I used: mirri card, silver satin ribbon, white organza ribbon, rhinestone gems, Stikkles white lace glitter glue, sparkly silver and white embossing powder, versamark, versafine black and silver background inks, white card stock, white card blank, mirri card, Sizzix snowflake embossing folder from my own stash; Stampendous Timeless Tags stamp set from Creative Pastimes; Black & White Designer paper (retired SU), Contempo Christmas and Mixed bunch stamp sets, blossom punch, white craft ink, rhinestone brad, black & white ribbon from Stampin’UP!; snowflake punch from Creative Memories; Wild Rose Studio snowflake stamp set from Handy Hippo

That’s it from me for today

Back again soon

Happy Crafting 🙂

Stash-Raider Boxes

Hello Everybody,

it’s the time of the week again and I have been using up some stash or more like finishing bits that were half ready. Here they are my Stash-Raider Boxes:

This is the first lot. Let’s start with the pillow boxes. I cut these a few month ago and didn’t finish them all. I distressed the cream boxes using some creamy caramel and close to cocoa ink (SU retired), punched the borders,filled them with lovely hazelnut chocolate and tied them all together using ribbon I had for ages. Well it wasn’t all that plain sailing, pillow boxes are very difficult to stack .. I ended up sticking them on top of each other using double-sided tape, which made tieing them together a lot easier.

(materials: creamy caramel and close to cocoa ink (retired), bravo burgundy ink, lace ribbon, eyelet border, oval and scalloped oval punches, creamy caramel card stock (retired) and oval all stamp set from Stampin’UP!; cream card and ribbon from my stash; pillow boxes cut using Sizzix Eclipse)

The lilac box is made from a pre-cut box I bought ages ago. to decorate it I used some ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons and some I had in my stash, the brad is from my stash too. For the Flower I punched one using rich razzleberry card stock and one using white vellum wich I had stamped in white craft ink with the image (blossom punch, white ink and mixed bunch stamp set from Stampin’UP!). I then finished off by running glitter glue around the edges. I like the way the vellum softens the colour of the razzleberry card and gives it a delicate look.

Back in a bit … off for a chat with my hubby … back again.

The next one is yet another notelet box. Yet again I used bits I have had for quite a while. The box itself is one I made a while ago in a class I was teaching (without finishing mine of course); the stamp set from Stampendous is one I got a while ago. The only stamp I ever used from it, until now that is, is the one saying ‘just a little note…’. I also used some more of the creamy caramel card stock plus close to cocoa and creamy caramel inks (retired SU); apart from that I used some burgundy and white card stock from my stash, so are the card blanks and the brass coloured brads; the real red ink is from Stampin’UP!

I still got some more boxes to finish off, but that will be for another time.

Hope you enjoyed popping by.

See you soon … until then …

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Next card making class: Wednesday 5th September 1.30 – 4.30pm, the focus will be on Christmas.

Sew Happy

Hello Everybody,

back again. I am on a roll at the moment, just as well that my husband is at the caravan. Well I had to come back for some appointments and had the strangest day yesterday … my phone died on me … without any obvious reasons. I switched it off for the night, still with some charge left, and when I got up in the morning it refused to switch on … I tried charging almost all day … I tried different sockets anything I possibly could think of … not a sound … it just didn’t want to switch on. Today when I went to the shop to get it sorted, it just switched on as if nothing had happened … and yes, I tried switching on this morning.

As strange as it seems, it rewarded me with some undisturbed crafting time. 🙂

As a result I am early plus I am also entering TWO projects in this week’s ‘line’ challenge at ‘Out of a Hat Creations’.

The first one is the one I didn’t get finished in time to enter last week (I started it yesterday), but it has some lines, some sewn and the other ones the stitching on the ribbon. It also was an opportunity to get my little sewing machine out, which I got for exactly this type of project. thinking on I might do some similar card in my next class …

Sorry, I know it’s notelets again, it’s that craft stall and C….. coming up. As a result the challenges will have to be incorporated into prep work.

Will have to go and do a bit of work now, back later to finish posting xxx

Back again. As mentioned earlier I am on a roll and here is the other set of notelets for the ‘line’ challenge. I thought this paper was very fitting, even the images are arranged in lines and I love to draw wonky lines as outlines to give the impression of an added layer – how fitting …

… not so sure what’s going to happen to the mouse trap. Kept looking out for one when I went shopping today, it seems to elude me … there is still time, I guess …

Here is what I used for the first set: Papermania Book Print papers and white card from your local craft store; sequins, pearls, Zutter Round it All corner punch and sewing twine from my stash; Hostess Designer Papers, Simply Soft Hostess stamp set, Lucky Limeade card stock, Concord Crush card stock, ribbon and ink from Stampin’UP!

for the second set: White card, pink gem and Sizzix Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes Die from local craft shop; Hostess designer Paper, Hostess Posy Punch stamp set, Fancy Flower Punch, Melon mambo Stamp’n’Write Marker, Concord Crush ink and card stock from Stampin’UP!

I think that’s all. Off to check out all the other projects from the challenge.

Until next week and

Happy Crafting!!! 🙂

Notelets Take III

Hello Everybody, first of all thanks for all your lovely comments. Sorry for not replying back, time always catches me out. I’ve sorted out a lot of old crafting magazines and generally tried tidying the crafting area before going out to the caravan again. On the way I went to a crafting class run by my Stampin’UP! demonstrator Katie-Jane, it is nice to just enjoy what someone else has prepared. Thanks for a lovely afternoon and of course thanks to her mum Dianne too for lovely cupcakes and great crafty chats 🙂

Well on the way to Wales I also picked up some stamps I ordered which I wanted to use for this weeks challenge on ‘Out of a Hat Creations’. Some lovely Woodware stamps perfect for this week’s sewing challenge … yesterday on my way back as I was passing through Flintshire I realised that I had left them behind at the caravan … too late to go back … and I ended up doing some more notelets for the craft stall at Hoylake Community Centre on Saturday 1st September …

The bag for the notelets is based on an idea Dianne gave me during one of our crafty chats and it is made from a square piece of double-sided designer paper. Finally I used the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro … for scoring and cutting whatever I needed for this project; I found it easy to use and got a bit carried away making boxes 😀 They still need finishing off and I shall post them soon.

Once I got my head cack to focusing on the challenge in hand, I made 4 notelets to fit the bag each one featuring a button sewn on by hand. I love the Tonic Studio Border Punch it gives the impression of a lace border. To contrast the swirly pattern I used a striped ribbon and a stylised flower stamp.

Hope you like it.

Here is what I used: Designer Paper (Hostess only), ribbon, Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, Blossom Punch, 3/4 inch circle punch, tab punch and lucky limeade ink from Stampin’UP!, Tonic Studio Border Punch, Buttons, dark blue sewing twine, Zutter Round It All from my own stash.

Enjoy!!!

Happy Crafting 🙂